Aaron Blackham, MSW

Community Outreach Trainer
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Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Southern Utah University
  • Master of Social Work, University of Nevada Reno

Biography

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:
Aaron Blackham has over 10 years' experience working with youth, families, and adults. He served as a child protective service worker and a program specialist for the Division of Child and Family Services in Nevada. He has facilitated various types of psychoeducational and support groups for teenagers and parents. Mr. Blackham worked as a counselor and a supervisor for several different wilderness-based behavioral healthcare programs and outdoor adult leadership programs. He has a passion for working hard and playing hard outside-and-in.

In 2014, Mr. Blackham became a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT). Aaron has presented, trained, coached, and evaluated motivational interviewing practice at workshops, classes, and conferences to thousands of professionals and students in the social work, health care, educational, mental health, criminal justice and substance abuse treatment professions. He is also a SBIRT consultant and has developed SBIRT activities and evaluation methods to integrate SBIRT into social work curricula and simulation labs.
Mr. Blackham has been a community outreach trainer for the Nevada Partnership for Training since 2009. As the senior trainer, Aaron's main task is to provide training for the child welfare workforce in northern Nevada. He has developed and delivered curricula providing CEU trainings for the child welfare workforce and stakeholders in many areas. His areas of passion include motivational interviewing, coaching, emotional intelligence, trauma, engaging fathers, adult learning theory, resilience and self-care.


COURSES TAUGHT:
• BSW Field Seminar
• Introduction to Social Work
• Social Work Methods with Individuals
RESEARCH INTERESTS:
• Child Welfare
• Motivational Interviewing
• Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare
• Permaculture and Green Social Work
PRESENTATIONS (PAST 5 YEARS)
Blackham, A. & Stevens, D. (2013). Full Circle Case Management. 48th Annual Intertribal Council of Nevada, Reno, NV.
Blackham, A. (2014, August). Effective Communication and Interviewing. 1st Annual Victim Assistance Academy of Nevada: Weaving a Tapestry of Advocacy in Nevada, Reno, NV.
Blackham, A. (2014, July). Training Motivational Interviewing: Sourcing the Wellspring. West Coast Child Welfare Trainers' Conference., Coeur d'Alene, ID.
Blackham, A. (2014, September). Training Resources: The Rhythm of Motivational Interviewing. NASW Chapter Annual Conference, Las Vegas, NV.
Blackham, A. (2014, December). Motivational Interviewing: Can You Spare Some Change? Presented at the 49th 2014 Inter-Tribal Council of Nevada, Sparks, NV.
Becker, I. & Blackham, A. (2015, July). Bulls-Eye: How to Hit the Mark with Curriculum Design, West Coast Child Welfare Trainers' Conference, Reno, NV.
Blackham, A. & Bernier, M. (2015, July). Get Your Silver Spurs: Kick Training Up a Notch with Energizers, Icebreakers, and Activities. West Coast Child Welfare Trainers' Conference, Reno, NV.
Blackham, A. (2015, August). The Art and Science of Communication. 2nd Annual Victim Assistance Academy of Nevada, Reno, NV.
Blackham, A. & Bernier, M. (2016, August). Trainer's Survival Kit: Emergency Preparedness for Challenging Training Climates. West Coast Child Welfare Trainers' Conference, Davis, CA.
Blackham, A. (2017, November). The Art and Science of Communication. 4nd Annual Victim Assistance Academy of Nevada, Reno, NV.
FAVORITE QUOTE
"We can have wilderness without freedom; we can have wilderness without human life at all, but we cannot have freedom without wilderness, we cannot have freedom without leagues of open space beyond the cities, where boys and girls, men and women, can live at least part of their lives under no control but their own desires and abilities, free from any and all direct administration by their fellow men."
-Edward Abbey